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Poster: and improved! Date: Sep 24, 2011 1:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Brent Show (or looseness tightness debate)

When Brent died it was a setback that i think they never really recovered from or found a solution at least in the times that Jerry was alive. true!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 25, 2011 6:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Brent Show (or looseness tightness debate)

I agree. The big deflation.
His acoustic sets in '80 alone should get him by, but not so. I don't see KG, unless a healthy and recommitted KG, keeping up. B/S is a great example of Brent's superior work.
In '88-'90 he was one of three lead vocalists and Jerry didn't seem to mind. In fact, I noticed Jerry push Brent, especially to fervently emote (think later of those '94 Stella's), which was Brent's bread and butter. Equally, Brent would push his band mates. All the time. The effect ran the gamut, and some of the music makes you want to hide under the couch. Some was the best of GD, and takes its place in the canon.
You have to go back to Pig to have three 'lead' vocalists. (Sorry DJG) Frankly, I don't enjoy any of Brent's tunes. I skip them. His covers and his presence in Bobby's and Jerry's tunes was huge. I followed the band closely in those years. Each year got better and better, and one huge reason was Brent. I can remember so many times Jerry turning to Brent (I always sat on Jerry's side) during a jam and them taking the jam higher or changing it. A far cry from the mid-eighties when most of the time only the drummers would play w/Brent on his songs.
Some music to consider. A '80 acoustic B/S, the MLBJ on 3-24-90 or Hey Pocky Way from Greensboro '89. KG was incredible at the beginning of his time. The best keys they probably ever had. KG at the end was often worse than VW. Brent, deride him for many things, but not trying and not trying to play better music can not be among them.
Right now, the '70's are enjoying the attention and sunlight (I think they always will). Sadly, the '60's feel like they are beginning to bolt. However, the '80's are laid bare for some attention and serious scholarship.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 26, 2011 7:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Re: Greatest Brent Show (or looseness tightness debate)

here here!